NorthStar Bets NHL Schedule Preview: Week of December 27-31

It’s time for a condensed final week of 2023 action in the National Hockey League season! Paired with Canada Sports Betting’s written and video coverage of the NHL, and some of our handy features like the strength of schedule tool and the NHL projected standings, you’ll be able to take on this week’s action with ease with another edition of our schedule breakdown. Below is every NHL game on the weekly docket, its broadcast time, and a look at what rest-based advantages that teams have. Let’s dive in!

NHL Games on Wednesday, Dec. 27

RestAway TeamTimeHome TeamRest
3Columbus Blue Jackets7:00 PM (ET)New Jersey Devils3
3Washington Capitals7:00 PMNew York Rangers3
3Florida Panthers7:00 PMTampa Bay Lightning3
3Ottawa Senators7:00 PMToronto Maple Leafs3
3Boston Bruins7:30 PMBuffalo Sabres3
3Pittsburgh Penguins7:30 PMNew York Islanders3
3Detroit Red Wings8:00 PMMinnesota Wild3
3Carolina Hurricanes8:00 PMNashville Predators3
3Dallas Stars8:00 PMSt. Louis Blues3
3Colorado Avalanche9:00 PMArizona Coyotes3
4Winnipeg Jets9:00 PMChicago Blackhawks3
3Seattle Kraken9:30 PMCalgary Flames3
3Vegas Golden Knights10:00 PMAnaheim Ducks3
3San Jose Sharks10:00 PMLos Angeles Kings3
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Rest Notes: Everyone is all nice and rested coming off of their Christmas breaks! How Winnipeg managed to be the one team that was slightly different here, well, we have no idea, but good for them.

NHL Games on Thursday, Dec. 28

RestAway TeamTimeHome TeamRest
5Montreal Canadiens7:00 PMCarolina Hurricanes0
5Philadelphia Flyers10:00 PMVancouver Canucks4
0Los Angeles Kings10:00 PMVegas Golden Knights0
5Edmonton Oilers10:30 PMSan Jose Sharks0
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Rest Notes: It doesn’t take long for the above joyous and even rest to descend into chaos. Two five-day mismatches? Yep! Four back-to-backs? You’ve got it! Vancouver having a day fewer off than Philadelphia? Honestly, somehow the most normal thing here, I wouldn’t think too much of it. Only one game on before 10:00 p.m. Eastern? What a night.

NHL Games on Friday, Dec. 29

RestAway TeamTimeHome TeamRest
1Toronto Maple Leafs7:00 PMColumbus Blue Jackets1
1Nashville Predators7:00 PMDetroit Red Wings1
1New York Rangers7:00 PMFlorida Panthers1
1New Jersey Devils7:00 PMOttawa Senators1
1Washington Capitals7:30 PMNew York Islanders1
1Chicago Blackhawks8:00 PMDallas Stars1
1Colorado Avalanche8:00 PMSt. Louis Blues1
1Arizona Coyotes10:00 PMAnaheim Ducks1
0Philadelphia Flyers10:00 PMSeattle Kraken1
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Rest Notes: Everyone playing on Friday also played on Wednesday, except for the Flyers, who have a road back-to-back which brings them from Vancouver to Seattle.

NHL Games on Saturday, Dec. 30

RestAway TeamTimeHome TeamRest
2Minnesota Wild3:00 PMWinnipeg Jets2
0Columbus Blue Jackets5:00 PMBuffalo Sabres2
0New Jersey Devils7:00 PMBoston Bruins2
1Montreal Canadiens7:00 PMFlorida Panthers0
0St. Louis Blues7:00 PMPittsburgh Penguins2
0New York Rangers7:00 PMTampa Bay Lightning2
1Carolina Hurricanes7:00 PMToronto Maple Leafs0
0Nashville Predators7:00 PMWashington Capitals0
1Edmonton Oilers10:00 PMLos Angeles Kings1
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Rest Notes: Things start to get chaotic here, with eight teams playing their second game in as many nights. Carolina and Los Angeles are playing their third games in four nights as well.

NHL Games on Sunday, Dec. 31

RestAway TeamTimeHome TeamRest
0Winnipeg Jets2:00 PMMinnesota Wild0
0Boston Bruins5:00 PMDetroit Red Wings1
0Buffalo Sabres6:00 PMOttawa Senators1
1New York Islanders6:00 PMPittsburgh Penguins0
0Montreal Canadiens7:00 PMTampa Bay Lightning0
0Edmonton Oilers8:00 PMAnaheim Ducks1
1Philadelphia Flyers8:00 PMCalgary Flames3
2San Jose Sharks8:00 PMColorado Avalanche1
1Chicago Blackhawks8:00 PMDallas Stars1
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Rest Notes: Again, a lot of teams playing on pretty limited rest here, including eight more back-to-backs. Philadelphia plays their third in four. On the plus side, all the games will be long over by the time New Year’s Day starts to hit North America! Enjoy the week and we’ll see you again in 2024.

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